This is the most important & crucial lesson of the quarter.
The new covenant portion, of the SS lesson, doesn’t show until Wednesday and then there is a digression to a commercial for communion on Thursday.
Most class time will probably be spent on Noah & rainbows, Abraham, Moses, Sinai…and maybe San Bernardino leftovers.
How often have you heard a SS teacher say…“We didn’t even get to Tuesday’s part of the lesson”?
The Jeremiah new covenant verses are mentioned twice in Hebrews.(chs 8 & 10)
The lesson texts are basically on old covenant verses.
Most will not hear/learn what is involved in writing law internally, how it happens, what it means, how it is lived/expressed.
I add the sentence , (IN Patriarch & Prophets) immediately following the paragraph portion from PP 372 that is used near the bottom of Wednesday’s lesson section.
Through the prophet He declared of Himself, “I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart. "PS 40:8
Paul wrote Romans 7:22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:
Isaiah 58:13 If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words:
How does God write His laws in a human heart that is…
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? Jer 17:9
How does a churchgoer make the transition from…Romans 8:7 "Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be."
to Romans 8:4 “That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”?
How can one delight in the will of God if they are not even taught what it is?
I challenge any reader to ask their SS teacher to go past ambiguity and ask them to explain some details about what is involved in writing LAWs in the heart. It is not as easy as using Team Viewer.
By the way, most contemporary churchgoers are not interested in getting laws written in the heart. They are more apt to want them erased.
Edit for Frank:
I included Rom 7:22 for bait.
7:22 is a progress check because a depraved person does not even delight in the law. There is much animosity about law in Christianity…this is why one constantly hears/reads texts like" We are not under LAW but grace, Christ is the end of LAW… the LAW was our schoolmaster…" I then posted the real experience/relationship of those who will be saved…the transition from Rom 8:7 to Rom 8:4.
The contemporary churchianity trend is toward antinomianism and a very do nothing, passive experience . Like the following point that is posted between our posts.
Any covenant is not one sided. (See Phil 2:12-13)
Ray: to your last post on LAW.
The post is convoluted and fragmented. It is the typical religio speak and obscure theology that I hear in church week after week.
The individual sentences are valid yet the application & conclusion are lacking.
Ray: Hebrews 8:8 For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah:
External LAWS–"Johnny…Say ‘please, thank you, sorry’"
New covenant takes those who cooperate to Jude 24
Also --Psalms 119:11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
There are those who go to church & there are those who are the church.
There are those who have an employee attitude & there are those who have a company attitude.
"When the law of God is written in the heart it will be exhibited in a pure and holy life. The commandments of God are no dead letter. They are spirit and life, bringing the imaginations and even the thoughts into subjection to the will of Christ. The heart in which they are written will be kept with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. All who love Jesus and keep the commandments will seek to avoid the very appearance of evil; not because they are constrained thus to do, but because they are copying a pure model, and feel averse to everything contrary to the law written in their hearts. They will not feel self-sufficient, but their trust will be in God, who alone is able to keep them from sin and impurity. The atmosphere surrounding them is pure; they will not corrupt their own souls or the souls of others. It is their pleasure to deal justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly before God."
Frank…Saul was a fanatic Pharisee, warped by peers who corrupted scriptures for selfish & evil purposes. He was in the Rom 8:7 mode. His law keeping was external ritual Pharisee type. How could he persecute the early church if he had the moral law in his heart ?